110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Margie Dykes
posted Jul 6, 2013 - 9:12:00am
Celebrating 20 years of ministry
New Hope Baptist Church is marking 20 years of ministry and human services in the Deltona community. The congregation and dignitaries will celebrate, commemorate and appreciate Pastor William L. Bradley Jr. and first lady Dot Bradley, and the church’s journey from then to now, during a Gala Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at DeBary Golf and Country Club, 300 Plantation Club Drive. Tickets cost $50.
New Hope’s journey dates back to December 1992, when a group of 15 people met for the purpose of organizing a congregation. The church held its first worship service Jan. 10, 1993, at Deltona Lakes Elementary School, with the sermon “There is no hopeless situation with God,” which became the church’s motto. Bradley was installed as pastor in April 1993.
In 1999, New Hope broke ground for the Family Life Center on Lake Helen-Osteen Road, which offers day care, a food bank, a summer camp, and a senior activity center for the residents of Deltona.
In 20 years, hundreds of families and thousands of individuals have been touched by New Hope’s ministries and community outreach. As recently as January 2013, New Hope’s Soul Winning Action Team (SWAT) received a Humanitarian Award for feeding the homeless and witnessing to the unsaved. Pastor Bradley thanks God for providing deacons, trustees, Christian-education teachers, lawyers, chefs, politicians and preschool teachers to serve the congregation and community.
Call for tickets at 386-532-8291.
Kathy Sanders to speak
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand will welcome Kathy Sanders as the speaker for the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday, July 7. Sanders is a nurse and the CEO of a health-care software company in Versailles, Ky.
Sanders will give her personal testimony titled “Water on the Trail,” a journey out of the fog toward living a life of meaning and purpose.
Going to Lutheridge
On Sunday, July 7, eight youth from Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in DeLand, along with Pastor Art Wuertz and two of the church’s music directors, will be traveling to Lutheridge, just south of Asheville, N.C., for Music Week.
Campers have the opportunity to sing, learn music, learn hand bells, and participate in the “orchaband,” in addition to the regular camp activities.
The youth have been washing cars, serving food, and doing other fundraising activities to help in raising money for their long-anticipated adventure.
Abuse and healing
“Hope for Hurting Hearts: Insights Into Abuse,” a free seminar for adults, featuring speaker Roberta Fish, a licensed clinical social worker, will be presented on two weekends in July at DeBary-Orange City Seventh-day Adventist Church.
An opening message at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, will be followed by a luncheon 1-2 p.m. and Part 1 of the seminar 2-4 p.m. Part 2 will be presented 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 20.
Some of the seminar topics to be covered are “What causes wounds, and what are its effects?” “What are the three stages of healing?,” “What principles did Jesus use in His healing ministry?,” “How can survivors be supported to deal with overwhelming memories and dreams?,” “What Scriptures will help survivors change their false self-beliefs?” and “How can I be used in helping victims of abuse?”
For more information, call 386-775-3722 or 386-734-2691.
On Sunday, July 7, First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand will have its annual “Left Behind Barbecue.”
This lighthearted event celebrates both those who enjoy the summer in DeLand and those who have left to spend the summer in alternative abodes. Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m., when there will be food, fun and conversation. There will be activities for adults and children of all ages.
For more information about the church, visit www.facebook.com/UUDeland or call 386-734-6499. To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, visit www.uua.org.
Vacation Bible School
“BigHeart Farms” is the theme for Glenwood Presbyterian Church’s 2013 Vacation Bible School. VBS will run 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, through Thursday, July 25.
Each evening after a light meal in the “Watering Hole,” the Hootenanny Band will entertain, and attendees will be invited to sing along and learn some new songs.
Children ages 4-11 will visit the “Fruit Stand,” where they will hear Bible stories about people who lived with the Spirit in their hearts. Crafts will be made in the “Barnes Barn,” games will be played on the “Plowing Field,” and snacks will be served in the “Watering Hole.” Children will have the opportunity to memorize the “fruits of the Spirit” and a Bible verse each day to earn special pins for their straw hat.
Adults are invited to join Bible study those evenings, when the group will be discussing the nine fruits of the Spirit, and share their applications in our lives.
Call the church office at 386-734-8617 to register.
So now you’re dead, then what?
Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City welcomes longtime friend the Rev. Mark Spivey to the pulpit Sunday, July 7, to explore some of the many ideas about what happens after the body dies. He will consider experiences at the end of life, as well as “on the other side.”
The Rev. Spivey is both a minister and a licensed professional counselor with special expertise in the issues surrounding death, loss and grieving.
Mosaic is a welcoming congregation, serving all people with respect and compassion. Religious education is offered during the service for children of all ages. To learn more about the congregation, visit www.mosaicuuc.org.
The DeBary Women’s Connection monthly luncheon will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at DeBary Golf and Country Club, 300 Plantation Club Drive.
There will be food, networking, and a fun and inspirational program. The group’s motto is “Connecting women with God, each other, and their community.”
All women are welcome. Admission costs $15, either in cash or with a check at the door.
Call Kathy at 386-747-5079, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.debarywomensconnection.com for information and registration.
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